President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for re-election as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB).Dr Akinwunmi disclosed this in Lagos after his conferment with the Emeka Anyaoku Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding performance by the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation.
Dr Akinwunmi, who in 2015 became the first-ever Nigerian to be elected President of the bank since its establishment in 1964, noted that Nigeria had invested so much in him.
Dr Akinwunmi said: “When asked by former President Goodluck Jonathan to serve as Minister of Agriculture, it was a duty calling me to the land of my birth.“I served Nigeria to the very best of my ability. I thank God that Nigeria’s agriculture sector witnessed a much-needed transformation at the time.
“This included our former presidents and heads of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice Presidents Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo, and of course my dear indefatigable sister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who ran a spirited campaign for me.“By God’s grace, I was elected President of the African Development Bank on May 28, 2015, exactly 24 hours after my term of office as Minister ended.
“In my four years as President, we have connected 16 million people to electricity, provided 70 million people with improved agricultural technologies to achieve food security.“We have also given nine million people access to finance from private sector companies, provided 55 million people with access to improved transport, and 31 million people with access to water and sanitation.“In all, 181 million people have directly benefited from our investments.
“The African Development Bank has continued to maintain its global AAA rating. Last year, the bank was rated the 4th most transparent institution globally.” “Nigeria again is giving me air in my lungs, to keep on climbing.
“I wish to immensely thank and appreciate President Buhari for nominating me for re-election for a second term as President of the African Development Bank and for being such a wonderful champion and supporter of my re-election.”Akinwunmi said.